I have so much to write about the last 4 days, I hardly know where to start. It’s been fantastic from start to finish and I feel thoroughly depressed to be back in England!
We arrived late on the Friday night and met our number one supporter, Bex, at the airport. We headed to the B&B, the fabulous El Balcon del Born (which Bex wrote about in her blog post here) and headed straight to bed. I was conscious that pre-marathon nerves may keep me up the following night, so I needed all the sleep I could get.
We woke surprisingly early the next morning and had a delicious breakfast in the B&B. I can’t express how much I love this place. It feels like a home from home in Barcelona, the owners are so welcoming and the place so full of character and charm that I know I’ll be returning time and time again.
We left Bex to explore on her own and headed to the Expo. I hadn’t felt nervous before this moment. I had trained hard, carb-loaded, travelled all the way to Barcelona but I didn’t believe I was actually going to do it until I arrived at the Expo and then suddenly it was all too real. The Expo was located where the marathon starts and finishes, so I began imagining me crossing the finishing line and wondering just how exhausted I’d feel (very, it turned out.)
The Expo was well organised and not too busy. We picked up our race numbers and then our marathon t-shirts. I was quite surprised to get a t-shirt before I’d even done anything… I did contemplate giving the whole thing a miss since I’d got the t-shirt and all but don’t think I would have got away with it.
They had a special machine where you could check that your chip was working, which I was a big fan of, given both mine and Bex’s chips had failed at London Marathon 2010 (I’m still traumatised by this, Bex has to practically sedate me if someone asks me what I thought of London Marathon).
So, with the knowledge that my chip was A-OK, we headed round the rest of the Expo. It was pretty standard, with lots of stalls selling clothes and sports products. We didn’t stay too long, as I knew Bex would be wondering where we’d got to, and ambling around Barcelona is definitely better than ambling around an Expo.
We met up with Bex and headed to a restaurant for the carb-loading to commence while she updated us on her morning pottering around the old town and the Picasso gallery.
We decided to head to Park Guell so we could sit and admire the views without tiring our legs out too much. Due to some navigational errors (ahem, Cristiano), we did far more walking to get there than we’d anticipated so I was getting a little worried about how tired my legs were going to be. It was well worth the walk though as the views were fantastic. We sat and ate ice- cream before heading back to the B&B to get everything ready for the big day. I was most definitely nervous!
And thanks to Cristiano for the use of his photos in this blog post 🙂